from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stunted bush; also, a tract of stunted bushes, thorns, briers, etc.; a thicket; underwood.
  • noun A small branch of a tree broken off; broken boughs and twigs; brushwood.
  • noun In heraldry, a branch of a tree: a blazon sometimes used by Scottish heralds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. & Scot. A stunted shrub, bush, or branch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A stunted or shrivelled bush
  • noun heraldry The branch of a tree, especially one used as a blazon in Scotland
  • noun Scotland The crab-apple tree
  • noun dialect A blackthorn


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Compare scrag, or Gaelic sgrogag anything shriveled, from sgrag to compress, shrivel.


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  • At any rate, for his argent and or, he got a handsome piece of parchment, blazoned with a white lion for Mowbray, to be borne quarterly, with three stunted or scrog-bushes for Scrogie, and became thenceforth Mr. Scrogie Mowbray, or rather, as he subscribed himself,

    Saint Ronan's Well 2008

  • The conspiracies are that there is an organization that is encouraging trackers to fast track and to preback track and to scrog grannie.

    HH Com 394 Miss Snark 2006

  • Once you scrog someone you then turn into a giant grass hopper and you have to wear the name of the person that you scrogged on your back.

    HH Com 394 Miss Snark 2006

  • Once I found a scrog of juniper with firm roots, and this gave me a great lift.

    Prester John 2005

  • Half way down there is a scrog of wood, dwarf alders and hawthorn, which makes an arch over the path.

    Prester John 2005

  • John was one day lying under a bush in the scrog, when he was aware of a collie on the far hillside skulking down through the deepest of the heather with obtrusive stealth.

    Memories and Portraits 2005

  • At the foot of the moss behind Kirk Yetton (Caer Ketton, wise men say) there is a scrog of low wood and a pool with a dam for washing sheep.

    Memories and Portraits 2005

  • Long corny walk in Oak Openings Park on one of those rare October days when the sun shines and the leaves look decent in Ohio, holding hands, itching to get some privacy and scrog till they're sore but delaying it because both of them thought this was a happy moment, and surprise, it was

    Mother Of Storms Barnes, John, 1957- 1994

  • So we had the great days at the burning of heather, and when I would be running with a kindling here and there, and watching the lowes lick into the dry scrog with a hiss before the breeze, I would be thinking much of Dan and Ronny McKinnon and me in the blazing whins, and the gangers and excisemen and riff-raff of that kidney hallooing round us.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran John Sillars

  • Sometimes a little horse would come out of the darkness with a pack-load on his back, and men would be lifting the load and laying it on the beach, and there would be quiet whispering, and the little horse be led away and swallowed up in the dark among the scrog and bushes.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran John Sillars


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  • Here's one for the heraldry lists.

    January 26, 2016